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So I have 6 hens and a rooster, they've been in their new coop about a week. They will get on the roost (1 is 15 inches off the ground and ~8ft long, the other is 30 and 8ft long) but at night they tend to literally form a ball in the corner of the coop...

I'm not "too" worried about it but I figured they'd rather be roosting... Anything I'm missing?

Thanks.
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Welcome to BYC!

 

My pullets did the same thing. Their first few weeks in the coop were spent on the floor 95% of the time. They were used to sleeping close to the floor thanks to their brooder arrangements and, when they moved to the coop with the large, high roosts, they didn't know what to do! So, I wouldn't worry too much. They'll get the hang of it. You might want to place them on the roost every evening to teach them that's where they are to sleep.

 

Good luck!

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"You have searched me, Lord and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways." -Psalm 139:1-3
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Welcome to BYC!

My pullets did the same thing. Their first few weeks in the coop were spent on the floor 95% of the time. They were used to sleeping close to the floor thanks to their brooder arrangements and, when they moved to the coop with the large, high roosts, they didn't know what to do! So, I wouldn't worry too much. They'll get the hang of it. You might want to place them on the roost every evening to teach them that's where they are to sleep.

Good luck!

Mountain - thanks! That's what I figured! Thanks for the info (and reassurance)
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Mountain - thanks! That's what I figured! Thanks for the info (and reassurance)


You're welcome!:)

"Let God have you and let God love you. And don’t be surprised if your heart begins to hear music you’ve never heard and your feet learn to dance as never before.” -Max Lucado

"You have searched me, Lord and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways." -Psalm 139:1-3
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"Let God have you and let God love you. And don’t be surprised if your heart begins to hear music you’ve never heard and your feet learn to dance as never before.” -Max Lucado

"You have searched me, Lord and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways." -Psalm 139:1-3
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